I plan to write a research proposal for conducting a small experiment related to geobiochemistry. I aim to make the experiment:
1) Simple (middle school aged students could comprehend its main ideas),
2) Inexpensive (less than $500 of science equipment is needed),
3) Fast (can be done by one person within 2 weeks of full dedication).
As a side note, the station does have a microscope that I could use.
I would have access to the surrounding areas and can collect soil, rock, shell fossils, etc. Previous groups have discovered methanogens in the soil and endoliths in the rocks. However, without much background in astrobiology, I am uncertain how much expensive equipment and time was needed for these experiments.
I am mostly hoping for ideas on how I could conduct a simple and feasible experiment that could be shared with middle school students. Such as searching for life, biosignatures, etc. As I do not have experience searching for life and biosignatures in the field, I am truly unsure of how to approach this in a reasonable manner. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!